I do like a restaurant with a view, and when you live in a beautiful city such as London, you can only imagine what kind of view that would be at 40 floors high! Duck and Waffle is that special place, located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower (near Liverpool street) actually makes it the highest restaurant in the UK.
This (much talked about) restaurant had been on my list ever since it opened last year and I finally went to Duck & Waffle for the first time in October, when I took my friend there to celebrate her 30th birthday and I enjoyed it so much that I went back there again a few weeks later when my parents were in town to visit me.
To find the restaurant on Bishops Gate, just look for the massive neon Sushi Samba sign because they share the same private entrance. After confirming your booking name at the ground floor entrance (it almost feels a bit like entering a night club) you step into one of the glass express lifts that zooooooom you to the top of the building in just 24 seconds. The speedy lift ride made my ears pop and kind of terrified my friend (who turns out to be a bit afraid of heights) but I found watching London’s city lights shrink underneath my feet pretty exhilarating!
To get to the restaurant you have to walk through the glamorous bar area, which is a rather tempting place for a pre-dinner cocktail. The restaurant dining room has a stylish and modern design, with an open kitchen and it features wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows so you can get a 360 degree view over the City and try to spot many of London’s famous landmarks.
The menu at Duck and Waffle offers a playful touch to traditional European and British inspired dishes which are all intended for sampling and sharing!
To start there are a variety of warm freshly baked breads, crispy pig ears or olives and then the menu continues with a selection of raw dishes, small plates and main dishes for the table to share.
I recommend getting the olives (they are ginormous) and some freshly bakes bread. So far I have tried their house bread with butter & puglian olive oil rosemary and their rosemary and garlic bread, and they are equally as delicious.
From the raw selection I loved the yellowfin tuna (with watermelon, balsamic and basil) and the scottish scallop (with apple, black truffle and lime) – each £9. I found the combination of these contrasting flavours is very refreshing. Duck and Waffle serve the sashimi on top of a large block of pink Himalayan salt, which you gently rub over the salt block for some extra seasoning before letting it melt away in your mouth.
From the small plates selection we shared the following dishes; Roasted octopus with chorizo, potato, lemon and capers (£13), Bacon wrapped dates with linguiça sausage and dandelion salad (£9) and Roasted beetroot with goat’s curd, honeycomb and watercress (£9).
I love this beetroot salad! The combination of the goat’s cheese with the sweet and crunchy honeycomb which slightly melts (and sticks to your teeth haha) when mixed into the dish is super tasty.
When it comes to ordering your main dishes to share, it’s a pretty straight forward decision to go for their signature dish; the Duck & Waffle (£17)!
The Duck & Waffle is a crispy duck leg, placed onto a sweet waffle with a fried duck egg on top served with a little jug of mustard maple syrup. Now this combination might sound a little odd but trust me it just works! The flavours compliment each other perfectly and the mustard maple syrup is so delicious that I couldn’t stop pouring it and almost wanted to lick my plate clean afterwards ;)
When I was there with my parents and a friend we also ordered the whole roasted shropshire chicken with potatoes, wild mushrooms and truffle (£35). We were quite shocked to realise how massive this dish was but somehow we still managed to work our way through it. The chicken was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside and the mushrooms were a nice accompliment.
After all that food we were pretty full but I always find it so hard to say ‘no’ when they ask ‘would you like to have a look at our dessert menu’?
Ahh because see how on earth can I then say no to a peanut butter and jelly macaroon! Luckily my dad also loves a good dessert so we got the PBJ macaroon and vanilla baked alaska to share! And boy were we glad we did….
I really like atmosphere and the food at Duck and Waffle and I think the menu is fairly priced because the dishes are well portioned but I do find the drinks is where it gets pricey; as cocktails are around £14 a pop and a bottle of wine starts around £30. The view is definitely worth it though so I think Duck & Waffle is one of those must visit places in London! Luckily they take reservations but you will need to book well in advance to get a table at this popular restaurant.
One thing I want to do next is visit Duck & Waffle in the early hours of the morning because it actually welcomes guests 24/7, offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus! Just imagine having a very early breakfast whilst seeing the sun come up over the London skyline…
Have you been to Duck & Waffle in London yet?
Duck and Waffle
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AY
To make a reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)203 640 7310